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Barb Wire (1996)

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During the Second American Civil War in 2017, Barb Wire owns a nightclub called the Hammerhead. Things become complicated when her ex-lover Axel Hood, who is married to the fugitive Corrina Devonshire, re-enters her life.

Director:

David Hogan

Writers:

Chris Warner (characters in comic), Ilene Chaiken (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amir AboulEla ... Patron
Adriana Alexander Adriana Alexander ... Redhead
David Andriole ... Goon #2
Vanessa Lee Asher Vanessa Lee Asher ... Emily
Ron Balicki ... Customs Agent #1
Jennifer Banko ... Spike
Candace Kita ... Dancer (as Candace Camille Bender)
Xander Berkeley ... Alexander Willis
Tony Bill ... Foster
Alex Bookston Alex Bookston ... Man in White Suit
Gil Borgos Gil Borgos ... Old Man
Andre Rosey Brown ... Big Fatso
Mark Collver Mark Collver ... Manny (as Marc Collver)
Tina Cote Tina Cote ... Woman in Bar #1 (as Tina Coté)
Vinnie Curto Vinnie Curto ... Aide to Pryzer
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Storyline

In the early 21st century, the USA is in the wake of the Second Civil War. The whole country is in a constant state of emergency. What was formerly called the American Congress now rules the country with fascistic methods. There is only one free city left, Steel Harbor, a coastal California industrial town which is headquarters for the resistance. This is the home town of Barb Wire, owner of the Hammerhead nightclub. As times aren't good, Barb has a second job. She's a bounty hunter and you probably wouldn't want her after you. Barb's credo is to never take sides for anybody and that's the only way to survive these days in the crime-ridden streets of Steel Harbor. One evening, her former lover Axel Hood appears at the club asking for a favor to help him and his lover Cora D flee the country to Canada, Barb suddenly finds herself to be key player on high political stage. Now she has to take sides. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Taglines:

Don't call me babe! See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and nudity/sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barb·Wire See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,794,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening "wet strip", in which Barb dances in a strip club with her breasts hanging out of her rubber dress, while being sprayed with water, was suggested by Pamela Anderson after she was inspired by a nightmare she had, in which she was being sprayed with champagne while performing a "nasty dance". David Hogan, who was under pressure to include more nudity, liked the idea, and threw out the movie's original opening to include it. See more »

Goofs

When Barb shows a license of prostitution while posing as a hooker, it says "Good Health as of: 1-07-19." The film began in 2017, but it is subtly implied that over a year passes from the shot of Barb looking out at the city from the car until the torture scene, so it could be 2019 by now. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Willis: Add it to my tab, Miss Kopetski. Boom boom boom!
Barb Wire: Barbara Kopetski died in the war. I'm Barb Wire.
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Crazy Credits

A scene of an additional longer opening title sequence, which is just a longer video of Barb Wire dancing topless, following in the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Clean (2004) See more »

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Spill the Wine
Written by Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen),
Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott),
, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Lee Oskar and Charles Miller
Performed by Michael Hutchence
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
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A distopic remake of 'Casablanca' with Pamela Anderson: surprisingly, it is not bad
12 September 2014 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

Although based in comic book series, the "Barb Wire" movie intends to be a remake o classical "Casablanca". It keeps the core elements of the 40's film, but adapts it to a distopic sci-fi action futuristic movie. Pamela Anderson plays Barb, a role similar to Bogart's Rick. The gender of the love affair from the past and of the third part of the love triangle have also been changed. The fictional town of Steel Harbor in the United States replaces Casablanca and the story is held during a futuristic Second Civil War rather than in the beginning of World War II. Both protagonists own a bar/nightclub, but Barb Wire is also a bounty huntress. As this remake is a sci-fi film, special contact lenses that cheat retinal scans substitute the letters of transit kept with Rick. As predictable, acting is worse in this remake, which has much more action. Off course "Casablanca" is much better, but surprisingly "Barb Wire" is not bad, in spite of the bad critics it has received.


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